Government sources in South Korea told the Yonhap News Agency that transporter erector launchers carrying ICBM launch tubes in North Pyongan province have been moved by North Korea.
Speaking anonymously, a US defense official said if a test was to go ahead it would be of either an intermediate-range missile or North Korea’s ICBM – known as a KN-20 or a Hwasong-14, and would take place ‘probably’ today as North Korea celebrates Victory Day – the 64th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement.
State-run news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that North Korea has threatened a ‘merciless’ nuclear strike ‘at the heart of the US’ if Kim Jong-Un’s regime is threatened by America. Kim is pictured on July 4 after the test-launched of the Hwasong-14 ICBM
The threat was reported Tuesday in response to comments made by CIA Director Mike Pompeo (pictured) last week. He said Trump’s administration needs to find a way to separate the country’s Supreme Leader from their nuclear weapons
Experts assessed it could have put Alaska in range, bringing Pyongyang’s long-held dream of a missile that can deliver an atomic warhead to the United States within reach.
A South Korean government source told Yonhap: ‘Movements by transporter erector launchers carrying intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch tubes have been continuously observed in North Pyongan.
‘There is a high possibility that the North may carry out (the test launch) around the July 27 armistice day.’
A second US defense official confirmed the fears, adding: ‘They’re setting up for something.’
If the launch goes ahead, it would be the second time Pyongyang has tested an ICBM after its July 4 rocket launch.
State-run news agency Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported a threat to strike the US on Tuesday in response to comments CIA Director Mike Pompeo made last week.
He said Trump’s administration needs to find a way to separate the country’s Supreme Leader from their nuclear weapons, CNN reported.
Pompeo said: ‘As for the regime, I am hopeful we will find a way to separate that regime from this system.
Though he did not say that the administration was actually working on that, KCNA said the comments are ‘over the line’.
According to KCNA, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said: ‘The DPRK legally stipulates that if the supreme dignity of the DPRK is threatened, it must preemptively annihilate those countries and entities that are directly or indirectly involved in it, by mobilizing all kinds of strike means including the nuclear ones.
‘Should the US dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt to remove our supreme leadership, we will strike a merciless blow at the heart of the US with our powerful nuclear hammer, honed and hardened over time.’